Host Your SAP Systems in a Fast-Performing, Highly Available, Nondisruptive, Managed Environment
February 16, 2021
Is your company running SAP software? In this SAPinsider article, Sean Donaldson, our Chief Technology Officer, and Len Landale, our Senior Vice President of ERP and Application Hosting, discuss our services around SAP S/4HANA.
Excerpt: For companies running SAP software, SAP’s announcement that it is extending the end-of-mainstream-maintenance deadline from 2025 to 2027 means that organizations now have another two years to decide if and when to migrate to SAP S/4HANA. This extension also affects the maintenance plans for the latest releases of SAP ERP, SAP Customer Relationship Management, SAP Supply Chain Management, SAP Supplier Relationship Management, and SAP Business Suite powered by SAP HANA applications. While the extra time might help some C-level executives breathe a little easier, it doesn’t change the fact that a choice will need to be made. Companies still need to decide whether to build an upgrade plan into their roadmap, whether to delay plans a little longer to wait for other use cases to develop, and whether to review options for third-party support.
One SAP partner that provisions managed cloud services, IT operations, and applications hosting to help organizations accomplish their business goals is the Managed Services division of NTT Ltd.. With more than 1,000 employees distributed between a headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, and an operations hub in Hyderabad, India, the Managed Services division of NTT Ltd. has managed more than 200 SAP customers and thousands of SAP instances for global organizations in all industries since its founding in 2001. After being acquired by the Managed Services division of NTT Ltd. in April 2018, the Managed Services division of NTT Ltd. acquired Symmetry (in October 2019), which expanded the scale of SAP managed services capabilities and offerings it could provide its clients. It currently offers these managed services capabilities, which include the ControlPanelGRC software suite, on the Pure Storage storage platform.
Conversations about SAP S/4HANA migrations have been constant among SAP shops over the last several years, according to Len Landale, Senior Vice President of ERP Applications at the Managed Services division of NTT Ltd.. “SAP’s decision to extend the deadline has given some customers a reprieve, but I don’t believe it fundamentally changed the course that a customer was already on.”